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Without a Trace 

The cases of an FBI unit specializing in missing persons investigations.

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Series cast summary:
Anthony LaPaglia ...  Jack Malone 160 episodes, 2002-2009
Poppy Montgomery ...  Samantha Spade 160 episodes, 2002-2009
Enrique Murciano ...  Danny Taylor 160 episodes, 2002-2009
Eric Close ...  Martin Fitzgerald 160 episodes, 2002-2009
Marianne Jean-Baptiste ...  Vivian Johnson 160 episodes, 2002-2009
Roselyn Sanchez ...  Elena Delgado 88 episodes, 2005-2009
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Storyline

As any detective can tell you, investigating missing property or deaths is comparatively easy compared to elusive missing people. However in New York City, there is a special unit of the FBI that is designed to find them. Using the vast resources of their bureau, the team, lead by Agent Jack Malone, race against time in the tight 72 hour window after a disappearance while hope for a recovery is still typically possible. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Official Sites:

CBS [United States]

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USA

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English

Release Date:

26 September 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vanished See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Dolby

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16 : 9
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During each episode, a 15-second presentation appears, asking the public for help in finding real-life missing persons. The FBI provides a picture and descriptive information about the missing person to be displayed with a voice-over message recorded by one of the series stars. See more »

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There are a number of scenes which indicate that the show is actually shot in Los Angeles and not New York, where the show is supposed to take place. There are several supposed one way streets with double yellow lines painted down the middle (which do not exist in New York), large blue street signs (which are used in LA, as opposed to NY, which uses green street signs), and house numbers on each street painted into the sidewalk in front of each house, which is also not done in New York, but instead in Los Angeles. See more »

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[Looking through office buildings]
Danny: But all we have is an address? Wow, this is some lead. Looks like we're going door to door. I should've brought my bibles.
Samantha: Yeah, I think you're more of an insurance guy. In the meantime, give me the names. I'll, uh, I'll start running them.
Danny: You want them in alphabetical order?
Samantha: Very cute. What are they?
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Slick FBI Drama
24 August 2004 | by jvydelingumSee all my reviews

"Without A Trace" is my guilty secret.

Solidly acted, with clever plot twists, it's an above average US cop show where FBI agents track down missing persons. Why then, do I almost feel bad about owning up to liking it? The answer lies in the very smooth nature of the show. Jerry Bruckheimer's big-screen intellect translated into television, proves disarmingly seductive.

There is nothing ground-breaking stylistically. Told through a series of flashbacks, each storyline adds sufficient weight to the plot to add a new line of inquiry to the FBI presentation board.

The cast, are key to building the tension. Interestingly for a US show, three of the lead actors aren't American. (La Paglia and Poppy Montgomery are Australian, while Marianne Jeanne-Baptiste is English)

Although led by De Niro lookalike La Paglia, "Without A Trace" is very much an ensemble piece, with every character battling to stamp their authority on each case.

I admit the dialogue strays into cop-show cliché occasionally, but this is the unashamed glory of watching it - Big movie sensibilities condensed into an hour of TV.

In spite your better judgment, on Monday nights, you will end up caught up in the urgency and willing Jack Malone's team on.


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